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|From: Jasen Robillard (jasenconnexuscohousing.com)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:59:54 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi Sharon, It's not clear to me how the social sweat equity system I described doesn't mirror the concept that sustainable community runs on labor and money in the examples you've given. The intent of the work-for-credit system is to reinforce the expectation and assumed understanding of community participation in these intentional groups. In a similar way to the examples you give, when someone doesn't report hrs or doesn't work the hrs expected by the community, then there is a cost to the community that shouldn't be born by the community members who have contributed. The intent is about putting our money where our mouth is: if we do as we say we would, then we get the rewards of a healthier, more vibrant & connected community, as well as a bit more money in our pocketbook. The intent is to incentivize the social intangible outcomes we desire by linking it to a tangible credit system. I do like your idea of linked time and money budgets, particularly in the context of prioritizing work and resource allocation. I also see the system somehow encouraging the exchange and saving up of hrs for when times are too busy or too difficult. From: Sharon Villines <sharon [at] sharonvillines.com> > > On Sep 4, 2013, at 2:30 PM, Jasen Robillard <jasen [at] connexuscohousing.com> > wrote: > > > I'm working with a group that is thinking of implementing a work share > > system prior to move in. The general gist is that there would be a > > voluntary 1-2% increase in unit prices that could be credited back to the > > owner assuming they fulfill a minimum threshold of community valued work. > > I think this would be a not good idea. It means paying for work rather > than expecting work. Unless the community plans to continue paying for work > and figuring how how to pay for work and who to pay, its a step down the > wrong path. > > What Ecovillage of Loudoun County does (I haven't been in touch recently) > is to expect a certain number of hours a month. People tell the record > keeper teach month what they did and the hours. They can do it anyway they > like as long as it is written down so she can easily keep track. > > If someone doesn't report hours, she automatically bills them at a rate > set by the community. > > They do an annual budget for money and one for hours. People pledge time > to regular jobs and to new projects. If not enough time is pledged, they > add to the money budget to cover those hours or drop the new project. > > So there is an understanding that no work means higher condo fees or fewer > amenities, but everyone decides this up front. > > People can always work more or save up hours or contribute work to others. > The concept is the community runs on labor and money. That's the reality of > sustainable communities.
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